CHICAGO – Marian University men’s basketball (17-8, 11-7 NACC) pulled away from Illinois Tech in the second half defeating the Scarlet Hawks 85-71 to earn a spot in the NACC Tournament Semifinals.

Neither team led by more than six points in an opening half that went back-and-forth.  The Sabres led 17-12 with 13:23 left in the half after a three-pointer from senior David Britton.  This was the largest lead of the half for Marian with IIT responding with a 19-9 run to go ahead 31-26 with 5:41 until the break.  The Scarlet Hawks pushed this lead to as large as six at 34-28 only to have Marian go on an 11-5 run to end the half and tie the score at 39-39.

Sophomore Delvin Barnstable did not miss in the opening stanza going 4-of-4 from the field with one three-pointer for nine points.  As a team, Marian went 16-of-29 (.552) from the field.

The Sabres immediately took the lead to open the second half and never looked back going on an 18-8 run to take a 57-47 lead with 13 minutes to play.  This forced an IIT timeout but the break only propelled Marian to another 8-2 spurt that put the Sabres ahead 65-49.  Marian eventually pulled their lead to as large as 21 at 77-56 with 5:22 left.  Marian wouldn’t let IIT back into the game with the final eventually settling at 85-71.

Junior Tyler Gouin went off in the second half shooting 6-of-8 (.750) from the field and didn’t miss either of his three-pointers.  He also went 7-of-8 (.875) from the charity stripe to score 21 points in the half.  He finished with a game-high 29 points.

As a team, the Sabres finished 32-of-54 (.593) from the field and outscored the Scarlet Hawks 42-28 in the paint.  Marian also went 8-of-15 (.533) from beyond the arc with the defense holding IIT to 9-of-26 (.346) shooting from three-point land.

Barnstable finished with 16 points, while senior David Britton filled out the stat sheet scoring 18 points with nine defensive rebounds and five assists.  Senior Scott Paulus also almost had a double-double scoring nine points with just as many rebounds.

Marian will travel to Concordia Chicago Friday, February 25 for a 7 p.m. tip for the semifinals.